EU Study Tour

Video montage of the 12th EU study tour, held in May 2015.

The European Union Study Tour and Internship Program is returning for 2022

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 Application deadlines are set by individual participating universities; the deadline for UVic students is January 24, 2022.

 

Program dates:  May 2-26, 2022

(Preparatory online course: May 2-9; seminars in Europe: May 10-25. Participation in the entire program is mandatory)

Optional internship program begins May 30th, with placements generally lasting two months.

What is the EU Study Tour?

The EU Study Tour and Internship Program is a field school that offers complete immersion into the European Union's institutions, evolution, and current issues through guided visits to the major institutions of the EU.  Building on fifteen years of successful tours, the Study Tour is grateful for the continued support of the European Commission and the Canadian Mission to the EU.

The Study Tour takes place annually in May, and over the course of more than two weeks students will visit Brussels, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt- key sites of European Union institutions and civil society organizations. Students will engage with representatives of the EU’s administrative and political leadership, such as the European Commission, Parliament, Court of Justice, and Central Bank, along with other European organizations such as NATO and the Canadian Mission to the EU. The Tour is not simply an accredited course, it is a full immersion into European history, culture, and political formation, a program for self-directed and independent study.

In addition to participation in the Study Tour, a number of qualified participants are offered internship opportunities with EU institutions and other organizations following completion of the Tour. The 2022 internships are two months in duration, and are typically completed by the beginning of August (occasionally the timing differs). Some participants have remained in Europe to work or live, as a result of the networks and experiences they gained through this program.

The EU Study Tour and Internship Program is organized by UVic and a network of Canadian universities involved in the Network for European studies (Canada). The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Those interested must first be pre-selected by their home university and may then proceed with their application to become a visiting student at UVic in order to register for the program. Most universities complete their pre-selections by early January of the corresponding Study Tour year. 

Take a look at the itineraries for previous Tours: 

2019 Program Itinerary (updated May 21 2019)

2018 Program Itinerary (updated July 21 2018)

Find out how the EU study tour can enhance your academic and professional pursuits!

International Stories:

Read past Study Tour participants' testimonials here. 

To catch up on what our 2019 EU Study Tour students were learning about, read their blog, hosted by EUCANET.  

 

Study Tour Application:

All applicants to the EU Study Tour first must apply through their home institution. Once incoming applications have been vetted, then the selected participants are required to register for the Field School at the University of Victoria. 

UVic Students must submit an online application, including a letter of intent and CV by January 24, 2022 to be considered for admission to the program. All UVic applicants are considered for a travel grant, funded by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Students from other participating universities will have deadlines specific to their institutions, normally in mid- to- late December.

 

Tour Registration:

The registration deadline for all students is 14 February 2022.

Students from outside UVic must be pre-approved by their home institutions in order to register for the tour.

Once pre-approved by their home university, non-UVic undergraduate and graduate students must apply to become a visiting student at UVic.

When this application has been processed, the Office of the Registrar will issue students a UVic student number and Netlink ID.

The EU Study Tour program coordinator will then register all students in EUS 390A or EUS 390B. UVic tuition fees will be assessed for all students enrolling in EUS 390A for 1.5 units of credit. Tuition fees must be paid by March 31st. 

Graduate students must become visiting students at UVic; however, under the Canadian University Graduate Transfer Agreement, they are not required to pay additional tuition fees. 

 

EU Study Tour Fees:

Tour fees for the 2022 Study Tour will be CAD$2,900. This fee includes accommodations, internal travel within the EU, and occasional meals. However, it does not include the cost of airfare to and from Europe, or most meals. There is an additional $650 fee for the internship placement.

  • Tour fee: $2,900
  • Additional Fee for Internship: $650
  • UVic tuition for EUS 390A (~$558.45 for Canadian and permanent residents in Canada; ~$2,167.47 for international students)

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Study materials are articles and other texts that all participants are expected to read in advance of departure. These materials are also used in preparation for several internal seminars held during the Tour. Depending on students' home institutions, they may also be required to participate in common thematic assignments in order to receive academic credit for the Tour.

The students on the Study Tour have diverse backgrounds. Some are pursuing graduate-level work in European Studies and the European Union. Undergraduates, who make up the majority of participants, bring a diversity of EU-related experience and learning. We expect all students to be familiar with the scope of subjects covered in the textbooks and other readings in the Study Materials attachment. If you haven’t accomplished this through prior coursework, we strongly suggest you acquire a textbook on European Integration and read it before departure. 

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements for travel from Canada to Brussels and from Brussels to Canada.

CAUTION: Do not make travel arrangements until your application for participation in the Tour has been accepted and you have been asked to complete the Tour Registration package. If you are applying for an internship do not make RETURN travel arrangements until the internship is confirmed and you are advised of the period of the internship and the location.

Participants are required to have basic insurance.

Hotels of the Tour

Please see program itinerary for detailed information (next tab).

Room policy

All standard accommodations are included in the Tour fee. Accommodations are diverse: for most of the Tour, you will be asked to share a room with other tour participant(s) of the same gender, and can choose your roommate. If you wish to have a single room and are willing to pay the additional cost to do so, please contact us immediately after your application has been accepted. We will provide you with information on the single room supplement (based on previous years, the single room supplement could be approximately $1,250 CDN for the duration of the Tour, but prices vary).

The 2022 Study Tour itinerary will be posted shortly! Please check back soon. 

2019 Program Itinerary (updated May 21 2019)

 

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant concern globally as of late 2021. The European Union Study Tour and Internship Program is in close communication with our partner universities to remain informed on the latest guidelines for international travel as we plan for 2022.

We will update this site as new protocol is defined. In the meantime, prospective participants may wish to visit Global Affairs Canada for official travel information

Please note that all EU Study Tour and Internship Program Participants will be required to follow all public health measures required by host countries and institutions to include vaccinations, testing, etc.